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2018 SPE Annual Conference: Uncertain Times: Borders, Refuge, Community, Nationhood / Hosted by The University of the Arts

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Vice Chair/Secretary Tom Turner
Treasurer Scott Hilton
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Upcoming Conference


Considering the Emerging Trends and Vernacular in Photography

Baylor University - Waco, Texas   |   October 13 - October 15, 2017

This year’s conference will investigate and discuss how the current vernacular of imagery is ever-changing in the 21st century. It is estimated that over 1.8 billion images are uploaded to the internet daily. We are living in a time when family snapshots are no longer consigned to be neglected in family albums but are now publicly shared and disseminated. As cell phone photography grows more sophisticated, and technologically so easily available, so does the curatorial and artistic sensitivities of the public. During this growth, and with technology so easily available, lens-based artists are incorporating new technology and methodologies while finding new ways to embrace and define the traditional foundations of photography. Drones, microscopes, satellites, the internet, and surveillance imagery, are all becoming part of the vernacular in which we experience lens-based images today.

For questions, please contact –

H. Jennings Sheffield, Co-Chair of 2017 SPE South Central Regional Conference, 254-710-6388.

Chris Ireland, Co-Chair of 2017 SPE South Central Regional Conference, 254 968 9274.

Call for Entries Conference Proposals

Submission Details
Proposals can be for individual presentations, collaborations, workshops, and panels from member photographers, writers, educators, curators, historians, professionals, and students. Topics are not required to be theme-based, and may include but are not limited to, image-making, history, contemporary theory and criticism, multidisciplinary approaches and new technologies, and presentations of work in photography, film, video, performance, and installation.

3/4 to 1 page abstract, preferably in pdf form. Include title, AV needs, space concerns, and CV for each presenter.

Minimum of 5 images, but no more than 10. Images must be sized to 1200 pixels on the long side at 100ppiandsaved as a jpg as Lastname_#.jpg. If selected, you will be asked to submit a higher quality representative image for the conference program.

Please send all proposals to: no later than June 15th with "2017SPESC Conference Proposal" as the subject.

  • The conference organizers look forward to seeing your proposals!

Call for Entries Educators Exhibition

For a full description please download this document.

The Art Center of Waco has generously offered to host the SPESC Regional Juried Educator’s Exhibition during our 2017 conference. This exhibition is an opportunity to highlight our regional educators’ recent and extensive portfolios as a part of the South Central region and as a result of our passionate commitments to the arts and photographic education.

The Art Center of Waco is a non-profit art gallery established in the 1970s in Waco, Texas. The mission of the Center is to promote the arts in Central Texas through exhibitions, collections, and educational programs. The center is situated in the historic William Cameron summer house on the campus of McLennan Community College in the Cedar Ridge neighborhood.

Call for Entries Student Push-Pin Exhibition

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Join us for the SPE South Central Student Push-Pin Exhibition. SPESC students are invited to showcase their work at The Arts Center of Waco during the opening reception of the SPESC Chapter Juried Educators’ Exhibition. No need to print, matte, mount, or frame—we will do the printing for you. Prints will be mounted to temporary gallery walls with push pins.

How It Works
Submit up to three digital files via email and we will do the rest! We will print one copy of each digital file submitted (to your specifications--up to 11” x 14”). We will then install your image on temporary walls to be on display at the opening reception at The Art Center of Waco. If you wish to sell your images, be sure to list your phone number on your information submitted. Buyers will know to text/call you during the reception to make the exchange. All prints sold are the responsibility of the artist.

People's Choice Award
This year everyone will have the chance to vote for their favorite prints, and the top 3 artists and their work will be announced on our website, and on social media.

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